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Tableau

Tableau or Tableau Vivant is a word taken from French language, meaning living picture, which describes an artist or a group of artists carefully posed, suitably costumed and often theatrically lit to replicate a painting or a scene from art history or literature. During the display the artists posed don't speak or move, thus at times such staged arrangements are provided with a wooden frame outline, as reference to the frame of a painted canvas. Tableau on stage is an interval in which all the characters of the show freeze for about thirty seconds and then again resume actions as before. This genre peaked into popularity in Europe, in the eighteenth century.


Adad Hanna's rendering of the Medusa Raft as a tableau vivant